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Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant Program Opens Multiple Doors Acute care/hospitals, long-term care facilities, various communities, rehabilitation centres and outpatient clinics are all places that employ college-educated Occupational Therapist Assistants and Physiotherapist Assistants. These professionals are tasked with: • •

Communicating with clients, their families, significant others, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and other healthcare providers; Participating in the effective functioning of interprofessional healthcare teams;

Establishing, developing, maintaining and bringing closure to client-centered, therapeutic relationships;

Documenting and completing client records in a thorough, objective, accurate and nonjudgmental manner;

Developing and implementing strategies to maintain, improve and promote professional competence;

Performing effectively through the application of relevant knowledge of health sciences, psychosociological sciences and health conditions;

Performing functions common to both physiotherapy and occupational therapist practices that contribute to the development, implementation and modification of intervention/treatment plans, under the supervision of and in collaboration with the Occupational Therapist and/or Physiotherapist;

Supporting people whose ability to function and adapt has been impaired by injury, illness, the process of aging, developmental disability or emotional disability.

Centennial College’s physiotherapy and occupational therapy program — Occupational Therapist Assistant & Physiotherapist Assistant — prepares students for all of these tasks through two years of training. This is achieved through a wide range of courses, among which are: Normal Function and Movement: To understand limited function and movement, students must understand regular movement in the human body. This course, based on theoretical application of anatomy and practical study of functional movement, allows students to describe the human body in motion. Meanwhile, as a hands-on aspect, students examine the movement process and how interruption of that movement manifests. Conditions Impacting Function: Once they understand the motions of the human body, students take this two-part course. In the first part, they learn a selection of common disabling conditions based on broad diagnostic categories, encompassing physical and psychosocial conditions specific to pediatric, adult and geriatric populations. In the second part, they look at advanced disabling conditions with multiple system involvement. Integrating the impairment, disability and handicap model with the various disabling conditions is included.

Establishing Therapeutic Communication: Students learn various methods to connect with their clients and their families in a way that promotes healing and helps motivate people to reach optimum health. Through role playing and modeling, students practice behaviors that lead to therapeutic interaction with clients, either individually or in groups, in various therapy settings. Rehabilitation Practice: Students head into the field to experience the role of an OTA/PTA within a specific setting. Working along with a preceptor and under the supervision of an Occupational Therapist or Physiotherapist, students have the opportunity to demonstrate and practice their skills. In the second of their two field placements, they further practice and develop their skills in providing safe, therapeutic care to clients under the direction of the Occupational Therapist and/or Physiotherapist. The occupational therapist/physiotherapist program in Ontario results in an Ontario College Diploma and the know-how to work with clients in need of assistance to perform self-care, promote movement, improve function and participate in leisure activities. For More Information Visit

Occupational therapist assistant and physiotherapist assistant program opens multiple doors